Law | Abertay University



This module concentrates on the fundamental areas of civil law. The foundation for the study of any law subject is an understanding of the 'legal system' in general. After examining the nature and sources of law, the module then proceeds to consider contract, delict, and degree-specific legal contexts.


To examine the fundamental principles of law and the legal framework in Scotland and the UK.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legal systems in the context of Scotland and be able to differentiate civil and criminal law and terminology.

2.  Apply, in response to defined problems, the fundamental principles of the Scots law of obligations.

3.  Apply the main principles in context and give appropriate written advice, supported by properly cited authority.

4.  Demonstrate skills of comprehension and application of legal principle.

Indicative Content

1 Legal Systems

The nature of law; the distinction between civil and criminal law;sources of law; the structure of the courts; impact of EU law on Scots law.

2 Contract

Nature and formation; essential features and validity; terms of the contract; breach of contract; extinction of contractual obligations.

3 Delict

Nature of delict; culpa and negligence; strict and vicarious liability; Consumer Protection Act 1987; defences to an action in delict.

4 Employment law and Business Organisations (Business Students and Sports and Management students only)

Nature of employment and contractual relationship; unfair and wrongful dismissal; health and safety in the workplace. Business Organisations and legal framework- Law of Agency, Partnerships and Company law.

5 Food Law (Food and Consumer Science students and Food, Nutrition and Health students only)

Nature of employment and contractual relationship; unfair and wrongful dismissal; health and safety in the workplace. Nature of Food law in UK and EU; registration/approval of food business establishments; labelling.

6 Criminal Law ( Criminology students only)

Requirements for mens rea and actus reus. Exculpating and mitigating factors. The main features of selected crimes such as homicide, assault, sexual crimes and statutory offences.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module is for non-law students and is initially delivered by lectures, to the large group and tutorials are allocated by cohort group. From week 8, the module is designed to be degree-specific and the areas of law covered will be according to cohort groups. This will allow for a degree of customisation to increase the relevance of the module to each cohort group. Lectures are interactive and students are encouraged to participate. The learning materials on Blackboard include quizzes to allow students to monitor their own progress and students will also be directed to these quizzes for tutorial purposes. Students will undertake the Unit 1 'trust and honour' online class test in week 6 and will receive automatic feedback when the test has been completed. The Unit 2 online class test will be undertaken at the end of the module.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 30
Tutorial/Seminar 8
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 122

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.